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'Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today, and Cop Town shows the author at the top of her game – relentless pacing, complex characters, and gritty realism, all set against the backdrop of a city on the edge. Slaughter’s eye for detail and truth is unmatched . . . I’d follow her anywhere.' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

'Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today, and Cop Town shows the author at the top of her game – relentless pacing, complex characters, and gritty realism, all set against the backdrop of a city on the edge. Slaughter’s eye for detail and truth is unmatched . . . I’d follow her anywhere.' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

Atlanta, 1974. As a brutal killing and a furious manhunt rock the city, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the police force will also be her last. For life is anything but easy in the male-dominated world of the Atlanta Police Department, where even the other female cops have little mercy for the new girl.

Kate isn’t the only woman on the force who is finding things tough. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When Maggie and Kate become partners, and are sidelined in the search for the city’s cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach boiling point.

With the killer poised to strike again, will Kate and Maggie have the courage to pursue their own line of investigation? And are they prepared to risk everything as they venture into the city’s darkest heart?

Reviews

Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today, and Cop Town shows the author at the top of her game - relentless pacing, complex characters, and gritty realism, all set against the backdrop of a city on the edge. Slaughter’s eye for detail and truth is unmatched . . . I’d follow her anywhere.

Gillian Flynn, author of GONE GIRL

Much more than a thriller ... Karin Slaughter's unforgettable female characters, and stunning evocation of time and place, make Cop Town one of the most powerful and moving reads of recent memory ... A masterpiece.

Kathryn Stockett, author of THE HELP

Stunning . . . In Karin Slaughter’s first stand-alone novel, she breaks new ground with this riveting story of two young police officers trying to stop a serial killer targeting cops. Her characters, plot and pacing are unrivaled among thriller writers and if you haven’t yet read her, this is the moment.

Michael Connelly

Vivid, gritty and taut, this terrific whodunit keeps you guessing.

Sunday Mirror

Karin Slaughter has long been comfortably ahead of the pack in the field of powerful and disturbing crime fiction but Cop Town shows a broadening of reach: it is a more ambitious novel than any she has previously written. Her achievement here is such that many fans will be happy to see her continuing to devote her attention to similar standalone novels.

Financial Times

This is hardboiled crime fiction from the pen of an absolute master of the genre. The characters are credible, and the sexist, racist, homophobic world they inhabit is brilliantly and brutally drawn. The end hints at a returning series, and we’d definitely be back for more.

heat magazine

The plot, which describes the hunt for a killer, is enriched by the vivid portrait of the place and time. This is a gripping thriller with a feminist subtext, describing the foreign country that is the recent past.

Literary Review

Dark, atmospheric thriller.

Sun

Cop Town is a terrific read, fast-moving and witty, yet as grimly gritty as it gets, so not for the faint-hearted.

Irish Independent

Much more than a thriller ... Karin Slaughter's unforgettable female characters, and stunning evocation of time and place, make Cop Town one of the most powerful and moving reads of recent memory ... A masterpiece.

Kathryn Stockett, author of THE HELP

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    9780099571377

    July 1, 2015

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    512 pages

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    9781780890012

    July 1, 2014

    Century

    416 pages

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    9781846574184

    August 15, 2014

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    9781448107407

    July 17, 2014

    Cornerstone Digital

    512 pages

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Also by Karin Slaughter

The Kept Woman
Pretty Girls
Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes
Go Deep
Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line
Three Twisted Stories
Necessary Women and The Mean Time (Short Stories)
Unseen
Busted
Cold Cold Heart (Short Story)
Criminal
Snatched
Fallen
Broken
A Grant County Collection
Genesis
Martin Misunderstood
Fractured
A Faint Cold Fear
Triptych
Skin Privilege
Faithless
Indelible
Like A Charm

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Make Me
The Girl on the Train
The Thirst
The Store
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Don't Let Go
After the Fire
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The Child
A Stranger in the House
Inferno
Final Girls
The Girl Who Was Taken
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay
Never Never
I Am Pilgrim
The Word Is Murder
Earthly Remains
I Know a Secret
The Handmaid's Tale